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Some people love the beauty of snow and the sense of starting fresh in a new year, and consider January a beautiful, exciting month. Others hate snow and cold weather and consider January a miserable, bone-chilling month. We also differ on how we enter a new year with hope and a sense of new beginning, or with resignation that a new year will be the same-old-same-old.

I have never had much real success with new year’s resolutions. Like many others, I have been pretty good at starting out with passion, and then falling out of the new routine a few weeks into the year, whether that has been eating better, exercising more or some other resolution.

Taking stock of what life has been in the past year and re-dedicating myself to faithfulness has been a more productive new year activity. John Wesley used a Covenant Prayer to help the people called Methodists to re-dedicate themselves to their Covenant with God either on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. That prayer is a powerful one, and I invite you not just to read it, but to pray it as we begin the new year:

I am no longer my own, but Yours.
Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for You, or laid aside for You;
Exalted for You or brought low for You. 
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
You are mine, and I am Yours.  So be it.
And the covenant I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.  Amen.

 

The prayer requires deep commitment to pray, and a willingness to submit our will to God’s will. In fact, it is essentially an expansion of what Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42 NIV) And “Your will be done” is the one prayer that God always answers “Yes!”

At the beginning of this new year, I pray that we will all reaffirm our “Yes” to Jesus and our commitment to our Covenant with God through faith in Jesus Christ! And I pray that 2018 is a year of fruitfulness and growth in our church and in each of our lives!

Posted by Mike Dominick with